Gabon takes home inaugural African U-23 trophy


Gabon claims its first ever international trophy after winning African U-23 inaugural championship crown. Morocco finish runner-up with Egypt recovering in time to clinch all important third spot. All three book their 2012 London Olympic football games.
2012 African nations cup final joint host Gabon ended the tournaments surprise package featuring the best of performance in the 2-1 cup final victory over host Morocco. Youness Mokhtar opened the score sheet 22 minutes in to the first half only to be cancelled out by Gabon’s forward Landi Obiang’s volley to the corner of the net 15 minutes later.Then stylish center forward Allen Nono headed in the winning goal at first half injury time. Moroccan goal keeper El Kharrou sent off half hour in to the final whistle disrupting the hosts dream of clinching the at home the tournament’s first edition. Late in to the game Gabon’s Didier Ndong handed a red card but the opponents hardly to0 capitalize on it. The day’s other important game between Egypt and Senegal to clinch the automatic qualification to London ended in a 2-0 victory to Egypt in Marrakesh. Senegal remains one final big chance that is a two leg playoff match against a Asian counterpart.